Sunday, March 15, 2009

Diet: Miracle Beer Diet....Don't We Wish

What can I say? She does have a point. (and since St Patrick's Day is just around the corner, doesn't make sense to talk about a beer diet?)

And there actually is a Beer Diet? Or one that at least allows beer in it's diet plan.

Beer and Your Diet Plan
Is the Sonoma Diet the Best for Beer Drinkers?
Let's face it, we all would like to drink as much beer as we want while keeping our weight under control. If you are trying to diet while still being able to drink your favorite brew, there is a solution. It's called the Sonoma Diet! The Sonoma diet uses quality foods like nuts, grains and vegetables while maintaining portion control with the size of your plate. And where does the beer come in?? The key to driking beer while on this plan is also portion control. Use a small glass, usually a 6 oz. one works best. You will pour 3 glasses per 12 oz. bottle of beer. This helps to trick your mind into thinking you are consuming more than you actually are. NEVER drink from the bottle. Not that many beer lovers do. The Sonoma diet is perfect for the Beer lover that's concerned with nutrition, dieting and weight loss.

The Sonoma Diet was created by Connie Guttersen and is based on the Mediterranean diet. Connie was tired of diets that lacked flavor. As a registered dietician and a culinary expert, she set out to change that.

The Sonoma diet isn't about avoiding food, but incorporating tasty and healthy food into your life. There are ten power foods that you center your meals around. The powerful ten are whole grains, almonds, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and olive oil. These are some of the best diet foods for losing weight while getting all the nutrition your body needs.

Whole grains, such as brown rice, barley, bulgur, oatmeal, wild rice, and whole-wheat breads, crackers, and pastas are rich in niacin, riboflavin, iron, zinc, magnesium, thiamin, vitamin E and contains fiber, protein and carbohydrates.

Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut. A handful of almonds will give you a healthy amount of vitamin E and magnesium, as well as fiber, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, monosaturated fat, and protein.


Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and A, and a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, vitamin K, manganese, folate, potassium, vitamin B1 and vitamin E.

Tomatoes are full of lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

Broccoli is a powerful anticancer food and rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Grapes can help protect you against heart disease, bad cholesterol, and tumors with their polyphenols.

Spinach has lutein, niacin, zinc, protein, and vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6. Blueberries are the number one food for antioxidant benefits. Strawberries are great for vitamin C and flavonoids. Olive oil contains the good fats and antioxidants.

Sonoma Diet
Plate size for portion control

Although you won't be counting calories with the Sonoma diet, you will be practicing portion control. To help you control your portion, you use a 7-inch plate for breakfast and a 9-inch plate for lunch and supper. This will help you avoid overeating, but without the tedium of calorie counting.

There are three waves of the Sonoma diet. The first wave is made for a maximum weight less jump start. It lasts for ten days and is the most restrictive in which foods are allowed. The second wave is more lenient, but still cuts out things like dessert. Once you reach your ideal weight, you'll move on to the maintenance wave. During this wave, an occasional dessert is allowed.
Easy weight management

In many ways, this is one of the easiest diets to maintain. The food is delicious and there are many recipes available. Since it is normal food, your whole family can join you on the Sonoma plan without them feeling like they are on a diet.

The only downside to this plan is that it does require a lot of cooking. The majority of meals are not complicated, but if you hate being in the kitchen you will have trouble sticking to this diet.